Another "Hidden Treasure" northwest of Fawnskin and more of a collection of a few pinnacles than a single pinnacle. It has two main faces one north and the other south. The view from the south face is notable; a sweeping view with Big Bear Lake in the middle distance.
There are a handful of climbs here, both trad and sport and, although there are a few 5.7 or less routes the standouts range from 5.10 to a single 5.12.
NOTE: Auto access is restricted this description is for access on foot.
Follow the Rim of the World Drive from Fawnskin then turn left past the YMCA Camp onto Snowslide Road (2N68) up to the locked gate (road now closed to vehicles). Start hiking along the road till a road forks left at another locked gate which displays a "No Trespassing" sign, going through this gate and then into an open area will get you to a third and final locked gate at the end of the open area, you'll then be on road which in about .75 miles takes you to a Yellow Post Campsite on the right (now defunct 2N68C). Very shortly after this you turn left at a faint 4x4 road and up the hill to an open area, look right and you'll see the crag. It seems reasonable to pass by the right (north) side of the crag then head around leftwards to the south side.
NOTE: I'm not sure if you can park at the first locked gate legally.
NOTE: If you don't want to trespass, ignore the second gate and keep following the other road till you see a well established trail crossing this road (the PCT), turn left onto this and it will lead you to the road you'd reach if you went through the private area. This is longer.
NOTE: Another possible approach (longer) is to park at 2N58 off Rim of the World, walk it to 2N80 and follow that to Snowslide Road (2N68).
An aptly named and classic route.A boulder problem start guards the arete proper, once at the second bolt the climb takes on its true character and the moves to the third bolt provide a taste (albeit on good holds) of what is to come. The moves past bolts three, four, and five provide exciting and tenuous laying-away on the edge of the arete with somewhat grainy footholds, but somehow the clips always go well.Pull up onto a ledge, clip the last bolt and surmount the final step to a wonderful vie...[more]Browse More Classics in CA